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Definition of "absolute" []

  • Perfect in quality or nature; complete. (adjective)
  • Not mixed; pure. See Synonyms at pure. (adjective)
  • Not limited by restrictions or exceptions; unconditional: absolute trust. (adjective)
  • Unqualified in extent or degree; total: absolute silence. See Usage Note at infinite. (adjective)
  • Unconstrained by constitutional or other provisions: an absolute ruler. (adjective)
  • Complete; perfect (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Free from limitations, restrictions, or exceptions; unqualified (adjective)
  • Having unlimited authority; despotic (adjective)
  • Undoubted; certain (adjective)
  • Not dependent on, conditioned by, or relative to anything else; independent (adjective)
  • Pure; unmixed (adjective)
  • (of a grammatical construction) syntactically independent of the main clause, as for example the construction Joking apart in the sentence Joking apart, we'd better leave now (adjective)
  • (of a transitive verb) used without a direct object, as the verb intimidate in the sentence His intentions are good, but his rough manner tends to intimidate (adjective)
  • (of an adjective) used as a noun, as for instance young and aged in the sentence The young care little for the aged (adjective)
  • (of a pressure measurement) not relative to atmospheric pressure (adjective)
  • Denoting absolute or thermodynamic temperature (adjective)
  • (of a constant) never changing in value (adjective)
  • (of an inequality) unconditional (adjective)
  • (of a term) not containing a variable (adjective)
  • (of a court order or decree) coming into effect immediately and not liable to be modified; final (adjective)
  • (of a title to property, etc) not subject to any encumbrance or condition (adjective)
  • Something that is absolute (noun)

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Use "absolute" in a sentence
  • "Philosophy cannot positively represent the absolute because ˜conscious™ thinking operates from the position where the ˜absolute identity™ of the subjective and the objective has always already been lost in the emergence of consciousness."
  • "From absolute ideas Plato ascends to an _absolute Being_, the author of all finite existence."
  • "From absolute truths to an _absolute Reason_, the foundation and essence of all truth."